Culver House, formerly part of the Downes Estate, is a spacious and adaptable property, mentioned in Pevsner’s Buildings of Devon, and Grade II listed. The current owner has spent the last 35 years sympathetically restoring the property, retaining many of its original and characterful features.
The accommodation comprises a welcoming staircase entrance hall with two large reception rooms to the front elevation, and two smaller rooms at the rear; one providing a modern kitchen with fitted appliances, and another providing a further reception room. This floor plan is repeated up through the building, with four bedrooms on the first floor, together with a good-sized family bathroom, and an interconnecting door between Bedroom One and Bedroom Four giving scope to create both an en-suite, and a dressing room.
On the second floor are a further four bedrooms, together with a shower room, and the utility room/second kitchen; and this floor makes an ideal space for a dependent relative or teenage retreat.
Outside, the gardens are a real feature of the property, expanding to almost half an acre, and adjoining open countryside at the rear. From the road, double electric gates give access to a courtyard with two storey stable block, having a lovely cobbled floor, and steps up to a hay loft. There are markings on the external wall from where a former shippen barn was located, although this was destroyed by a fire some years ago, it could be replaced by a new owner (subject to any necessary consents being sought) and provide covered parking.
Steps lead up to the lawned garden, and a wall on the right houses a former outdoor cloakroom and a separate store, both of which now provide useful storage space. A pedestrian door leads to a lane running between Culver House garden, Culver Court and Fair Park giving a separate access to the rear garden of the property. A further set of steps leads up to another terraced lawn, with a timber-built summer house, well stocked flower beds, and a productive vegetable bed. Here there is also a splendid two-bedroom chalet lodge, with electricity and running water and comprising an open plan living space with kitchenette, and log burning stove in the living room, two double bedrooms and a shower room with low level WC and basin. This building provides a great space for home working or visitors.
The sale of Culver House is a great opportunity to acquire a substantial house with scope to create their own mark, and an internal inspection to truly appreciate the space is most definitely recommended.
Solid wood front door with clear glass fanlight and etched name, leading into
with mosaic tiled floor and stone steps. Double wood and opaque glass doors lead into
Attractive woodblock flooring, understairs storage cupboard, and separate entrances to
Attractive brick and tiled fireplace with wood surround. Large sash window to front aspect.
Attractive marble fireplace with tiled surround. Large sash window to front aspect.
Sash window to side aspect, door into conservatory.
French door to rear garden, range of modern units providing ample cupboard and drawer storage space, matching fitted wall cabinets, inset electric oven and four ring gas hob, inset sink with side drainer, fitted storage cupboard, fitted boiler cupboard.
Ceramic tiled flooring, double door to rear garden, ceiling fan light fitting.
with window to rear elevation, and separate entrances to
Front aspect, attractive cast iron decorative Victorian fireplace, door to bedroom four.
Front aspect, attractive decorative fireplace.
Rear aspect, storage/airing cupboard, interconnected door to bedroom one. This room could be utilised as an en-suite and dressing room to the master bedroom.
Rear aspect, free standing roll top bath, pedestal basin, low level WC and bidet.
Split level landing with window to rear aspect. First part giving access to utility room, shower room and bedroom five, a further door leads to an inner landing giving access to bedrooms six, seven and eight.
Double shower cubicle with electric shower, low level WC and pedestal wash basin.
Rear aspect, fitted base unit with inset stainless steel sink and side drainer and small rolled edge laminated working surface. Tiles splash back. Matching fitted wall cabinets. Space and plumbing for automatic washing machine, and space and point for electric cooker, making this room suitable as a second kitchen
Front aspect, radiator.
Front aspect, access to roof space
Front aspect, radiator
To the side of the property are double electric gates leading to a drive in courtyard with parking for several cars. There is a former stable block offering two storey storage space with lighting and power. From the courtyard steps lead up to a patio area immediately behind the conservatory and kitchen, making a sheltered spot for an outside dining area. A pathway leads up passing the lower lawned garden with access out to a unmade lane providing access also to Fair Park next door. The red brick wall running alongside the footpath in the garden formed part of a neighbouring barn, and is now a retaining wall between Alexander Court next door, and Culver House, but retains two storerooms, one being a former outside cloakroom. A further set of steps leads to the upper lawn with lovely flower beds and mature shrubs and trees. There is a timber built summer house facing west and enjoying the afternoon and evening sun, a productive vegetable garden and a further lawned area which houses the timber lodge, providing two bedrooms, shower room and open plan kitchen/living room with wood burning stove.
Under cover veranda with twin glass doors leading into
kitchen area with sink unit, twin hob and power points. Living area with wood burning stove.
with basin, low level WC and corner shower unit with Cereda electric shower.
cobbled floor, lovely old hay manger, and steps to hay loft.
Gas Central Heating, Mains Water and Drainage, Mains Electricity.
Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6SA
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